Dollar Scholars discount donuts

December 2012Vision The winning team from the 2012 competition

Our Young Social Entrepreneur competition is in full swing, with all 21 teams from across the region aiming for our coveted award for the team who has raised the most money. In September we gave the competing teams £250 seed money and asked them to use their creativity and business skills to return a healthy profit. All of the proceeds from the competition will go directly to The Alan Shearer Foundation.

The sixth-form team from St Joseph's RC Comprehensive School in Hebburn, the Dollar Scholars, are just one of the teams that are working particularly hard to raise as much money as possible. Last night the team literally used their creative skills to fundraise, by hosting an arts and crafts evening at their school. Planned completely by the students, the evening had something for everyone and was a great success.

Hand-crafted seasonal items such as Christmas decorations, cards and gifts were for sale and were quickly snapped up. The students had also arranged for fabulous young magician Robert Rundle, a student at the school, to perform his popular illusions. Refreshments were on hand, and business was brisk at the Christmas-themed donut stall, which should show a good return on the money the students invested in Krispy Kreme donuts - bought at a special discounted rate

Profits from the evening will be added to the total raised for the Young Social Entrepreneur competition, with all proceeds going to The Alan Shearer Foundation. The winning team will be announced in July, so watch this space to find out more about what this and the other teams are doing in their bid to become Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.